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Hemlock Rest Cabins is located in a stand of hemlocks just off Rt. 36 between Cook Forest and Clear Creek State Parks and was built in the early days of Cook Forest State Park.

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We offer the basic comforts (hot showers, equipped kitchens, good beds), while attempting to retain the feel of a time when camping cabins were a place to enjoy the beauty of nature! No television reception (t.v./dvd player available for watching family movies), no heart shaped jacuzzis, just a cozy place for the true get away!

We also sell firewood, ice, toiletries, a few snacks at the office if you forget some items. We have badminton or horseshoes here or check out some of the many area attractions!

WiFi connection available at the office area and free DVD rentals at office! We ARE dog friendly at no extra cost!

WINTER ACTIVITIES Cook Forest is just as beautiful in the winter as it is in other seasons. The park has a lighted ice-skating pond near River Road, 10 acres of sledding slopes, and three designated cross-country ski trails with an equipment rental facility.

HIKING TRAILS One of the best ways to experience Cook Forest is by foot. Hike some of its 30 miles of trails and take in the natural beauty of an old growth forest with its hemlock and white pine. Stop at the Park Office, located by the Cooksburg bridge, and get a detailed trail map and suggestions from park staff.

FISHING The Clarion River flows along the Park border and provides great fishing for trout, warm water game fish and panfish. The Park Office also provides a small stocked fishing pond nearby for the kids.

CANOES, KAYAKS, INNER TUBES, PONTOONS & PADDLE BOARDS One of the best views of the forest is from the scenic Clarion River. 2-Hour to Full-Day excursions are available in the Cook Forest/Clear Creek Area.

HORSEBACK RIDING Ride the trails at a relaxing pace, Cook Forest’s stables offer horseback riding for all ages and experience levels. Some stables include the Flying W Ranch,  Pinecrest Stables, and Silver Stallions.

BUMPER BOATS, GO CARTS, & MINI GOLF Cook Forest has some fun in store for all ages. Most of these fun activities are right along Route 36 near Hemlock Rest Cabins.

LOCAL GALLERIES & SHOPS  Kevin Kaltenbaugh’s "Gallery in the Forest" is a great stop. Other wonderful galleries and shops include Briar Hill Furniture, Cooksburg Dry Goods, Shamrock Creations, The Mountain Mercantile, and The Pickle Barrel. Salem Stoneware Pottery is a favorite places for guests. See pottery being made first-hand by this family-run business.

FIRE TOWER & SENECA POINT OVERLOOK The 80 foot tower, built in 1929, gave firefighters a 20 mile view of the area. The tower retired from service in 1966, and now offers visitors one of the best scenic views of the forest. Also nearby is Seneca Overlook, a great grouping of rock formations with a spectacular view of the Clarion River.

SAWMILL CENTER FOR THE ARTS Dedicated to preserving traditional arts and crafts, the Sawmill Center for the Arts offers art workshops and holds theatrical performances in the round throughout the summer. They also sell local artwork and crafts.